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‘My salary was budgeted at 3 times what I’m paid’ – Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakang’o

Tuesday, October 31st, 2023 19:43 | By
Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakang'o
Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakang'o. PHOTO/@Senate_KE/X

Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakang’o has claimed that the National Treasury had inflated her salary budget three times, contrary to what she is paid.

Appearing before the National Dialogue Committee (NADCO), Nyakang'o revealed the case was similar to several other government officials.

She says the rot in the National Treasury has partially contributed to the high cost of living in the country.

"When I was doing the budget for consolidated funds services, this is where my salary is paid from, I found out that my salary was budgeted at three times what I'm paid. I am the only state officer in my institution so there is nothing like confusion there. I'm all alone. So I asked them why is the budget showing three times what my annual salary is. And it was like that for all the state officers. I have not received the answer to date," she said.

Nyakang'o's proposal on cost of living

In her proposal to reduce the cost of living in the country, Nyakang'o proposed the reduction of taxes on basic commodities and the expansion of the tax base.

On top of that, she also proposed stringent measures to root out corruption and ensure transparency in government services, as well as ensuring proper utilisation of public funds.

Nyakang'o also wants a social welfare programme launched to assist vulnerable populations including the elderly, disabled, and low-income families

Other experts who appeared before the committee to give their views on the cost of living include specialists from the Institute of Economic Affairs as well as representatives from the Parliamentary Budget Office.

"The cost of living has and continues to be the foremost concern of the Azimio – One Kenya Coalition. Today in our NADCO negotiations, several experts including the Controller of Budget, specialists from the Institute of Economic Affairs as well as the Parliamentary Budget Office walked us through the ways and means of tackling this most critical agenda, indeed our irreducible minimum," NADCO co-chair Kalonzo Musyoka stated on Tuesday, October 31, 2023.

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